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Short note: extracellular export and consumption of glucose in Antarctic sea ice


Kennedy, F and McMinn, A and Martin, A, Short note: extracellular export and consumption of glucose in Antarctic sea ice, Polar Biology, 45 pp. 763-768. ISSN 0722-4060 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s00300-022-03031-6


Extracellular carbohydrate production is widespread in sea ice microbial communities, being produced by both algae and bacteria. Under stressful conditions, including nutrient limitation and high light, cells may export excess fixed carbon as glucose. Glucose microsensors were used to measure extracellular glucose exudation and consumption in a sea ice algal community. Glucose export increased with increasing irradiance between 15 and 512 µmol photons m−2 s−1. This export correlated with declining FvFm values and increasing NPQ values, implying that glucose export resulted from exposure to above optimal irradiances. Glucose concentrations in samples treated with DCMU to block photosynthesis, declined at all irradiances. Bacterial consumption of glucose was between 6 and 34% of extracellular export per hour. There have been very few measurements of DOC/glucose in sea ice and the data presented here make an important contribution to our understanding of sea ice microbial processes.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:sea ice, glucose, algae, Antarctic, Antarctic microsensor
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Objective Field:Biodiversity in Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
UTAS Author:Kennedy, F (Dr Fraser Kennedy)
UTAS Author:McMinn, A (Professor Andrew McMinn)
UTAS Author:Martin, A (Dr Andrew Martin)
ID Code:149426
Year Published:2022
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2022-03-30
Last Modified:2022-10-19
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